PTA Newsletter 03/16/15
In This Issue
School Dance THIS Friday
Need More Photos - Yearbook
Yearbooks on Sale Now
Advertise in the School Musical Program
PTA Board Positions
Lost and Found Update
New After School Enrichment Class
Ecology Run
Running Club - Spring Session
Math Challenge #10
Extra, Extra - Bits of News
Quick Links
(Filtered for Rockwell)

March 16, Monday
Spring Session of Running Club begins

March 17, Tuesday
Regional Band Concert, 7pm at R.M.S.

March 19, Thursday
Choir Concert, 7pm at R.H.S.P.A.C

March 20, Friday
Popcorn Friday and "Decades Day"

**March 20, This Friday**
Rockwell Family Dance Party
"Neon Glow"
6-8pm at R.H.S.  

March 25, Wednesday
Ecology Run

March 26, Thursday
PTA General Membership Mtg.
 All Welcome - Please attend!
7pm - Rockwell Library

April 6 - 10 
Spring Break/No School

April 25th, Saturday
Rockwell's School Musical
Disney's The Little Mermaid, Jr.
Redmond High School-Performing Arts Ctr.
3:00 pm & 7:00 pm

Get Ready to Glow!

  • Friday, March 20th
  • 6pm - 8pm at Redmond High School's Cafeteria
  • $5.00/per person admission & Concession Tickets for sale at the door

PTA's All School, Family Dance Party is THIS Friday night! Wear your neon and be the glow! 


DJ Shannon will keep you moving and your kids will be learning some group dances in PE this week to show off at the dance!


Kids must be accompanied by their parent/guardian to this family fun event. Glow sticks and snacks available for purchase and a black light photo booth (bring your cameras) adds to the fun!


Please clean up after yourself and utilize the provided recycling/trash would be a big help!


Parents: We are in need of quite a few more volunteers to help staff this event, concession sales and clean up. Short Shifts! Volunteers get a free admission! Please sign up here today! Grab a friend and volunteer together.


See you there!

Jennifer Myrick, VP Events


Yearbook Photos Needed!

Yearbook creation is in its final stages - if you've taken photos of winter and spring classroom events and school events or music concerts please send those in. The layout for those pages will be wrapped up before spring break.

So many of you have sent in photos and we are using them all, but we need more! Especially classroom photos.

If you have fewer than ten photos to send us, please visit Register and use our NEW school access code: LMGOVR. You will be able to upload photos directly to LifeTouch. If you have lots of photos, you can send a flash drive to the office and we'll return it to you ASAP.  

Gaby Olson
Yearbook Co-Chairs 

Fifth grade artists designed the covers and parents have photographed our students on the first days of school, playing bingo, learning about other cultures, riding bicycles, reading books, and so much more. 

Order yours today! 

Prices: Soft cover ($19) or Hard cover ($23)
Order directly online at:
School ID: 4886515
Sale Ends: Monday, March 31st

Instructions: If you are ordering multiple books, place the order under the name of your oldest student - we will use the Rockwell class lists to distribute the books each of your children. Print and save your order confirmation. The teachers will distribute books on the date they choose.

Important: All books are shipped to Rockwell, no exceptions. If you are leaving town before the last week of school, PLEASE make arrangements for a friend to receive your yearbook.


Yearbook Staff 


Rockwell's production of Disney's The Little Mermaid Jr is coming on April 25th! 

Do you work at or own a business that would like to place an advertisement in the musical program or would you like to congratulate your student?

500-600 programs will be printed, reaching audiences at two performances on April 25th! Ad prices range from $25 for 1/8 page to $125 for a full page. 


Please email Emily Papel for more details, or to submit your advertisement!  Checks can be made out to Rockwell PTA (Attention: Musical) and sent to the school office. Please submit checks and ads by March 31st, to give us time to format the program for printing. 


View Ad Samples and Download your ad form here (in the announcements section).


Rockwell PTA's Board is looking to fill some key positions for the next school year. 


Please let anyone on the current board know if you have any questions about any of the positions. Come be an important part of your child's school community! Board members typically attend a monthly meeting (held in the evenings, to accommodate working parents) to go over grant requests and discuss other PTA-related topics, in addition to their regular duties. 

  • Treasurer (or co-treasurers), current treasurer available to advise
  • Secretary
  • VP School Services
  • Funds Allocation Director
  • Co-Events VP to work alongside current VP Events
Additionally, non-board positions will be announced soon. These are typically chairperson(s) of various events, committees etc.  Please start thinking about how you can help!

Lost and Found

Our racks and tables are well-stocked with lovely jackets, sweaters, sweatshirts, hats and lunchboxes.  Unclaimed items will be donated after April 3rd.  Come find your things as soon as possible - just inside the front doors!!


Speak Easy; Building Young Leaders Through Public Speaking, grades 1-5

Thursdays at Rockwell, 4/16-6/4

Isn't learning how to captivate an audience something that everyone could benefit from? Why not start practicing these skills early when it's easiest to overcome fears. Through engaging, interactive games and fun activities, you and your classmates will learn and practice the following skills:  

This class is all about inspiring kids to do great things! And the best part is that it is fun, too! The class will culminate with an interactive presentation for family and friends. Join us for this fun and inspiring class!

Register online at 


Every spring, the fifth grade classes get to attend "Outdoor Education", a three-day camp, where the students receive lessons in exploring ecosystems, understanding natural resources, and improving outdoor skills. The cost of this camp to our families can be a burden, so we hold this annual fundraiser to offset some of the expense. It is a one-day fun run to raise money for every fifth grader, and whatever is raised is divided evenly by the number of students to reduce the cost for every family. 

  • The funds raised by ALL students will help 5th graders go to camp this year, where they learn about our northwest ecology!
  • The kindergarten through fourth grade class that raises the most money will earn a PIZZA PARTY!
  • Students will collect flat pledges prior to running laps at the Ecology Run. 
    • Students who raise $30 or more will receive a 2015 Ecology Run T-shirt
    • Students who raise $50 or more will receive the T-shirt and their name will be added to the "Hall of Fame" plaque by the office
    • Students who raise $100 or more will receive the T-shirt, be added to the "Hall of Fame", and receive a trophy at the awards assembly in June
  • All donations are eligible for corporate matching - if your company participates in a matching program, please consider matching your gift.
    • Simply note: "ASB-Outdoor Education" to designate the payment to the correct account.

The donations are all flat donations - they are not based on the number of laps that are run. We encourage every child at Rockwell to participate if possible - because eventually every child will become a fifth grader and receive these benefits for their own Outdoor Ed camp experience. In the past we have raised over $10,000 - which is an amazing help to offset the cost of the trip!


The fifth grade teachers will be outside during lunch recess on Wednesday, March 25th to facilitate the run. All pledges need to be received by Friday, March 27th.


If you have any questions, please contact Fifth Grade Teacher, 

Mrs. Weinmeister at


Thank you so much for supporting our students and participating in the Ecology Run!


Students can start where they left off in the fall and work on completing their marathon card while running during their lunch recess. Many students are already working on their 2nd marathon of the year! Kindergarten students may also run in the spring!


I need parent help to pass out and punch lap cards on Mondays/Thursdays and Fridays starting Monday, March 16th. Please follow this link if you can volunteer this spring...either occasionally or regularly! Younger siblings who stick with their parents are welcome to accompany volunteers.

Debbie Conklin

P.E. Teacher


Math Challenge #10 is now available here. For this challenge, all qualified submissions will received a Spring prize. Grab your friends and family and work on the questions together!!!! Don't forget, answering a few extra questions can help to increase your chances to qualify. 

The challenge due date is Thurs, March 19th (before 3pm.) 
Let the challenge begin!
-THANK YOU to everyone who donated recess supplies to the Rockwell's Recess Buddies/Anti-Bullying program - helping to engage all children at recess. If you'd still like to donate, there is a collection box in the front courtyard. Collecting: Sidewalk chalk, Bubbles, Loom bands, durable chess pieces, etc.

-Community Help: Camp Unity is the homeless shelter that is currently being hosted at St. Jude's Church. The shelter offers tents, food and safety to people who do not have a place of their own.

Would you please consider joining us by helping to provide any of the items listed in this link. A collection box will be provided in front of the school office with the sign Camp Unity posted above it. Collections will be accepted from March 17 to April 17

Thank you for sharing, Friends of Those in Need

-CLOTHING DRIVE for Relay For Life Redmond
When: Sunday, March 29th, 1-4 pm
What to bring: clothing, jewelry, accessories, handbags, shoes, linens.
Where: RHS parking lot
Why: to help raise money for the American Cancer Society


BIG All School Box Tops Contest April 27 - May 1. Our goal is to raise $1000! Don't send them it yet...stay tuned for more info.

Where to find Box Tops. 

-Spirit and Popcorn Days listed here in the announcements section.  


-USED BOOK SALE  Please clear out your shelves by donating books (adult and children's) to the school library today for our Used Book Sale in May. You may bring them to the library any time!

Diane Davenport , Teacher Librarian


-AmazonSmile: Give a little back to Rockwell PTA by using

our AmazonSmile link!  Bookmark it and use the link every time you shop.


-Volunteer Application:   LWSD Volunteer application. It's easy to complete and is good for 2 years. Fill yours out or check your renewal status today!


-Rockwell PTA Facebook Page: Stay connected and updated on Rockwell PTA & school info. Stop by and "Like" us!  

-Register for your account on our New PTA Website !

Bugle Article Submissions Welcome
The Beagle Bugle welcomes article submissions from students and parents.  Student journalists may submit articles about current events, students opinion-editorials and poems or short stories.  Parents may submit articles about PTA events and school related topics. 

Any article that is unrelated to PTA or Rockwell must be approved by the Lake Washington School District, and will be posted on the Community Bulletin Board.  The Lake Washington School District website has more information on the submission and approval process.

Short pieces will be edited for inclusion in the Bugle, longer pieces will be posted on the website with a link in the Bugle.  The Deadline for submissions for the next weekly Bugle is the preceding Thursday.  The Bugle Staff reserves the right to be selective regarding the materials that are publicized.

Contact the Bugle staff or submit articles at
Angie Ballas
Beagle Bugle Editor
Norman Rockwell Elementary PTA